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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

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Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Cartel Land isn’t a documentary that goes through the thick plot that is very close to reality with ease and provides an opportunity to look through the eyes of drug smugglers. However, being a documentary that is focused on vigilantism, the depictions of people to take laws into their own hands and be the force that smites the wicked is the general premise of the documentary. It is to understand that the focus on vigilantism where removing one from the constraints of local and state law and keeping oneself on a pedestal is something that is quite common in American culture when it comes to American vigilantism. This documentary depicts this topic in an extremely symphonic way, showing the two sides of the dispute and providing an inside look towards how vigilantes, in reality, work.

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    Cartel Land is approximately about people who convert fantasy into fact, Heineman commences from a posture of sympathy. The film starts with Mexicans preparing food crystal meth in the desert, showing Heineman that they know their product wreaks havoc in the U.S., but, hey, it’s business. The world has two functions: showing these men, while individuals, haven’t any moral compass, and claim that Heineman himself gets to associated risk heading where few folks have gone before. Then he presents one of his own two protagonists: veteran Tim “Nailer” Foley, who works a paramilitary group called Az Boundary Recon that roams Arizona’s Altar Valley looking for both people who try to cross illegally and drug smugglers.

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    Good Guy Bad Guy

    Prepare to dive into lawless vigilantes that cloak themselves as the law; go through the Arizonian desert and fall into the documentary that truly “investigates” into the cartel and the situation in the American-Mexican border. This documentary will show you the “good guys” and the “bad guys”. After watching the documentary, you’ll get into a moral dilemma; whether the people hunting these cartels on the Arizona desert morally better when going after cartel members, drug smugglers etc. while acting above the law? Or is it better to hunt down the cartels that are using the black money to kill Willy Nilly? That’s for the viewer to decide.

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    What is vigilantism?

    This documentary is amazing and important at the same time; not only because of the current state of America, but also because of vigilantism that is a subject seemingly seems undermentioned but is, has been, and probably will be, a problem for the local authorities and the law and order situation of the country. It is important to consider American history and how vigilantism has different outcomes, whether it is from the KKK or the Arizona’s Altar Valley.  This documentary is a perfect fit for the current socio-political status of America and is highly insightful. Don’t miss out on this masterpiece of a documentary; not only is has scenes that reflect cultural and social differences, the norms rooted inside American culture can be clearly shown here.

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    Cartel Land is absolutely amazing and worth watching for anyone looking for an insightful documentary close to home. To watch Cartel Land, click here.

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    Anna is the Chief Editor and Content Strategist of Lifehack. She's also a communication expert who shares tips on motivation and relationships.

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    Last Updated on November 22, 2021

    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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    Simplify

    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

    Absolutely.

    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

    Be Mindful

    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

    Reflect

    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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